West Morris, Montville win; Mount Olive stunned


Sparta senior forward Kevin Foulds knocked down a 3-point shot with three seconds remaining to lift Sparta to a 68-65 victory over Mount Olive in a wild opening day boys basketball contest on Friday night.

Foulds launched his shot from the top of the key to earn the win. He had 19 points and teammate Matt Chemis added 13 for Sparta.

Senior guard Rashaan Spencer scored 21 points and DePaul transfer Donte Wise added 16. The contest was a rematch of last year’s North 1, Group III sectional semifinal in which Sparta prevailed in double overtime. The Spartan rallied from an early deficit and the game was close from the second quarter onward.

The fourth-quarter was intense with five lead changes and two ties. Chemis tied the game at 65-all on a driving layup with 1:37 left in regulation. The teams exchanged possessions. Sparta used its final timeout with 44 seconds left. After the Spartans recovered a blocked shot, they worked the ball around before Foulds launched the game-winner.

West Morris 70, Randolph 67, OT

Senior center Sam McClellan scored 25 points and junior guard Pat Barron added 22 in the Highlanders’ triumph. The win also gave Mark Schartner his first varsity victory as the West Morris coach. The Highlanders rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and tied the contest at 61 going into the overtime period where West Morris slowly pulled away. Michael Talbert scored 26 points and Barry Lynch had 19 for the Rams.

Dover 46, Madison 42

Ryan Charyshyn and Ben Quiles scored 10 points apiece to give the Tigers a narrow victory. Gavin Wallace notched a dozen for the Dodgers.

Morris Catholic 86, Boonton 34

The Crusaders led 36-13 at the half. Sophomore guard Wayne Patterson scored 18 points to lead four double-digit scorers for Morris Catholic.

Montville 59, Morris Hills 37

The Mustangs pulled away with a 21-6 fourth-quarter run. Tyler Storch scored 21 points and Eric Wertheim added 15. Matt Toohey had 14 for the Scarlet Knights.

Morris Knolls 58, Vernon 33

Senior guard Connor Rich had 24 points. A 21-6 third quarter effort was the difference.

Morristown 62, Roxbury 39

Senior guard Sean Hoehn scored 29 points in the Colonials’ triumph. Morristown led 30-22 at halftime and pulled away with a 15-7 third-quarter run. Doug Alexander paced the Gaels with 13 points.

Hanover Park 64, Whippany Park 57

Donny Dattolo, a Morristown-Beard transfer, paced the Hornets with 14 points. Nick Burbella added 12 and Max Reynolds and Mike Geisser had 10 points each for Hanover Park.

Mendham 60, Delbarton 47

Alex Jacobs must be healthy again. He scored 33 points in the Minutemen triumph. Senior forward Jack Horan added 15 points for Mendham. Seamus Crough and Rob Price had 10 each for the Green Wave.

Morristown-Beard 46, Parsippany 36

Stephen Sangree’s 18-point performance helped the Crimson to an opening day win.

Pequannock 54, Kinnelon 17

The Golden Panthers went on a 22-5 run in the opening quarter and never looked back. Kevin Glynn scored 16 for Pequannock.

Chatham 69, Parsippany Hills 36

Junior guard Graham Delaney scored 19 points and Luke Conrad added 13 for the Cougars. A 26-12 second quarter run gave Chatham a 34-18 halftime edge. A.J. Nagenderan scored 13 for the Vikings.

Jefferson 56, North Warren 27

The Falcons broke open a close game with a 19-6 third-quarter effort. Senior guard Dakota Nobile knocked down four 3-pointers and led the Falcons with 12 points.

Mountain Lakes 71, Butler 59

The Lakers pulled away with a 23-18 fourth-quarter effort. Senior forward Matt Reese had 22 points and sophomore guard Chris Boyhan added 21. Senior guard Nick Ballistreri paced Butler with 21 points.


About mcvbb

Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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